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Krunkin Pumpkin - Karbach Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
85
very good

131 Ratings
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Ratings: 131
Reviews: 17
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 14.59%
Wants: 11
Gots: 29 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Karbach Brewing Co. visit their website
Texas, United States

Style | ABV
Pumpkin Ale |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: twiggamortis420 on 10-10-2012)
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Appearance: Deep garnet red in color, with large, light tan head and profuse Belgian-style lacing and very slight carbonation.

Aroma: Deep aroma of pumpkin spice, brown sugar, caramel, orange rind, and sweet alcohol.

Taste: Opens with a deep caramel note, followed by a wave of spices, cinnamon, cloves, and ginger. An subdued undercurrent of pumpkin is present throughout the taste. As the taste progresses, there is a wave of warming sweet alcohol. Later in the taste, toasted malts present. As the taste draws to a close, there is a bit of wood.

Mouth feel: Smooth, soft, very full, pleasant.

Drinkability/notes: Simply excellent, over-the-top without being heavy-handed, quite wonderful.

Presentation: Packaged in a 64 ounce growler, purchased at The Growler Room in Austin, Texas, served in a New Belgium Brewing chalice.

In Memoriam: Pumpkin (April 1998 - November 22, 2014) - the best cat ever. We will always miss you.

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look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

64 oz brown glass screw-top Karbach GROWLER purchased at the Growler Room in Austin, TX, a few days ago. Served into a pilsner glass. Expectations are average given the brewery.

Poured straight into the glass with extra vigor; the growler necessitated a hard pour given its weight. Served cold.

No bubble show forms as it's poured.

HEAD: 2 fingers wide. Pale khaki colour. Nice creaminess and thickness. Soft and full, with a nice complexion and an even consistency. Light lacing sticks to the sides of the glass as the head recedes. Retention is quite good - about 7-8 minutes - impressive for an 8.5% beer coming from a growler.

BODY: Dark amber-brown of below average vibrance. Translucent. Transparent. Clean; no yeast particulate or hop sediment is visible.

Appears well-carbonated.

Overall, it's a decent looking pumpkin ale with no unique or special characteristics. Nothing stands out.

AROMA: Pumpkin gourd, amber malts, caramel, sticky candied orange peel, brown sugar, and gingerbread. It's surprisingly light on the spices; I'm not finding cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, etc. Kind of disappointing in a pumpkin ale. And the pumpkin gourd isn't all that prominent.

It's a mellow pleasant aroma of average strength. Strangely subdued for a pumpkin ale; it doesn't commit to the pumpkin flavour enough, and the absence of spices is a letdown.

No overt alcohol, off-notes, hop profile, or yeast character is detectable.

TASTE: Subdued pumpkin gourd, cough syrup (especially on the finish), caramel, amber malts, the signature plum note of Belgian abbey yeast, and a bit of nutmeg. On the sweeter side, to its detriment. The pumpkin is shallow, and I crave more spices. Caramalt dominates, which isn't very interesting. I do like the subtle gingerbread. Christmasy spices evoke the wrong vibe for this autumn ale.

Fairly imbalanced; it's too sweet and lacks a balancing hop bitterness or spiciness. The medicinal cough syrup character is quite bothersome, and ruins the plum notes of the yeast. Brief duration of flavour. Average flavour intensity.

TEXTURE: Smooth, wet, medium-bodied, overly thick, adequately carbonated, and noticeably warm from the alcohol.

Not oily, gushed, hot, boozy, astringent, harsh, rough, or scratchy.

This texture isn't particularly well-suited to the taste. Subpar execution.

OVERALL: Drinkable but underwhelming. Not enough pumpkin for a pumpkin ale. The absence of spices doesn't do it any favors. I wouldn't get this again, and I'm a bit bummed I threw down $20 for a growler fill, but it's not an awful beer. Just a boring pedestrian one. Another mediocre brew from Karbach.

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Krunkin Pumpkin from Karbach Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 131 ratings.